Latest Health and Safety Articles, News, Outbreaks and Prosecutions
|Monday 18th Feb 2019 - Modern CoSHH Management News
|The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirms exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung and possibly kidney cancer.
by Alex Sammut
Recent research carried out by IARC has confirmed that welding fume should be classified as a human carcinogen, prompting the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK to issue a safety alert to industry - STSU1 - 2019 and has called for tighter controls to protect employees.
Want to learn more on how to control carcinogens in the workplace or how to implement a Modern CoSHH Management programme?
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|Thurs 14th Feb 2019 - Work Equipment and Machinery Safety News
|Two Prosecutions for 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd
by Alex Sammut
2 Sisters Food Group Ltd were recently prosecuted for two Work Equipment and Machinery based accidents that happened in quick succession back in March and August 2016. Both led to digits on the employees being severed.
The Work Equipment accident in March 16 involved an employee's thumb being severed after it became trapped in a moving shackle of a machine and the employee being pulled along until his thumb moved past a fixed gate.
Whereas the second Work Equipment accident occurred when a cleaner entered into an area where machinery should have been isolated, leading to his finger also becoming trapped on a shackle line too.
Both were unable to reach the emergency stops on the equipment.
In relation to the first Work Equipment accident 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd of Grange Road, Flixton, Bungay pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Works Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and was fined £200,000 plus £4,031.83 costs.
For the second accident, 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 and was fined £74,000 plus £4,386.52 costs.
Afterwards, HSE inspector Saffron Turnell said, “These incidents could so easily have been avoided had appropriate controls been in place.
“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”
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|Mon 11th Feb 2019 - Legionella Management News
|HSE to visit 3rd Party Water Contractors this Quarter.
by Alex Sammut
Are you a 3rd party contractor providing services within the water industry for Legionella Bacteria?
Just a reminder that this quarter sees a purpose driven approach by the HSE to carry out an inspection campaign within the industry.
As you can see, it is particularly aimed at contractors that provide water treatment, risk assessments and cleaning services as they attempt to lower the likelihood of high-consequence risks from exposure to the bacteria.
Maybe you are one of the companies that have had a visit or maybe you are not prepared for a visit.
Either way, reserve a place on our one of our IOSH Approved Legionella Management for Responsible Persons Training Courses today - https://www.isac.co.uk/course/iosh-legionella-management-for-responsible-persons.html or for alternative dates why not reserve a place on one of our courses being run directly through IOSH themselves - Click Here
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|Weds 6th Feb 2019 - Legionella Management News
|Why do I need an Independent Legionella Audit?
by Alex Sammut
Many people often ask us 'Why do I need an Independent Legionella Audit?'
Well, consider for a moment that you have been newly nominated the "Responsible Person' for your business with respect to Legionella Management.
But how do you know that all of this would stand up to an investigation and the scrutiny of an external stakeholder inspection?
How the audit unfolds...
If the client has not set a specific scope for the audit then the auditor will most likely take a systematic approach through the entire subject area. This will involve, for example:
Once these and a number of other activities have been reviewed, the role of the Legionella auditor will then be to start identifying any potential gaps that may exist in the client's existing programme so that they can be informed and the client can start the process of rectifying them. (Don't worry this is not the independent auditor scouting for additional work! In fact, this is actually a requirement laid out within the Approved Code of Practice, ACoP, itself for any consultant or water contractor within the industry)
Depending on what the independent Legionella auditor finds they may then wish to ask further questions and / or review further documentation before finally having enough notes in order to be able to give the Responsible Person a comprehensive report of their findings in due course.
What an Independent Legionella audit is.....
Most importantly though it is an opportunity to uncover any potential issues before they materialise into any form of ill health and lastly to confirm that you are actually doing a good job in the first place!
What an Independent Legionella Audit is NOT...
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|Mon 4th Feb 2019 - Modern CoSHH Management News
World Cancer Day!
Today is World Cancer Day!
Every year thousands of people die needlessly from Occupational (Work-related) Cancer after being exposed to Carcinogens in the work place.
Our IOSH Approved Modern CoSHH Management Two Day Course offers employees and employers alike an indepth knowledge into some of the most serious chemicals, products, applications and procedures that exist in the everyday working environment.
Not only this but our CoSHH course looks at how a Modern CoSHH Management programme should look in the workplace, ranging from simple risk assessments for the low risk applications all the way through to a comprehensive control and monitoring programme for the most significant risk products that you may have or use on a daily basis.
The course covers the history of CoSHH Management within the UK, looking at the history behind the CHIP regulations leading to the current day CLP and REACH regulations that are currently driving the control of CMRs (Carcinogens, Mutagens and Repotoxins).
As well as this course also focuses on the other following aspects:
For more information and available course dates click on the course outline here - https://www.isac.co.uk/course/iosh-modern-coshh-management.html
In addition, we run bespoke in-house versions of this course. To enquiry running your own in-house bespoke Modern CoSHH Management course please complete our enquiry form - https://www.isac.co.uk/enquiry.php
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